Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones Review

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | Review

First published: 16 September 2018

In a departure from my reviews about gear related to making music and recording Bass guitar;

This is my review of the SE-C3T wired earphones by Pioneer.

When audio quality and value for money are two of the prime considerations, what do you choose?

Designed and produced by the Pioneer Corporation in 2017, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2018.

An indirect quote from a recent Pioneer slogan: –

‘Sound. Vision. Soul. Everyone’s got soul. Pioneer truly believes in the power of sound and vision to ‘move the heart and touch the soul’.

OK. Let’s go!

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Alter Ego V1 custom delay Review

Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Review

This is my overdue review of the first version Alter Ego custom delay by TC Electronic.

In fact, this review is so long overdue that TC describe this pedal as a legacy product. But, better late than never?

* TC Electronic: Copyright © 2018 MUSIC Tribe Global Brands Ltd. All rights reserved.

As a Bass player, pedals and effects make up a big part of my sound, although I never thought delay would be an effect I would use as part of my own pedalboard set-up. 
However, some effects that I think sound good on Bass, such as chorus and flanger, are built upon a very short delay of a few milliseconds;


The first version of the Alter Ego pedal is based on the legendary TC Flashback delay (and looper), but with two custom sounds (the EHX Deluxe Memory Man and Binson Echorec) not available in the Flashback pedal.
The Flashback delay has the Lo-Fi and Dynamic delay settings – not available on the Alter Ego.
This aside (and the colour difference), the two pedals are exactly the same.
The Alter Ego V1 also works with all Flashback TonePrints.
A legacy product, and rarely available new, you might expect to pay up to £120 at auction, in fully working condition, and with the original box.

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Christmas | Blog | December 2017

Christmas | Blog | December 2017

Christmas time is here! And who knows? This could well be my last blog post.. until the next one.

Christmas | 2017 | | Blog

Christmas Eve

One of my favourite days’ of the year. “Thank God It’s Christmas!” to which I hear you say, “What’s good about it?” The songs. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. Let it snow. Let it snow!

The Presents. Whatever happened to new socks and selection boxes? or a new pair of slippers??

The true meaning of Christmas has well and truly gone out of the window. Unlike the DFS sale, which feels like an all year round event, except for the week when they sell everything at full retail price – for legal reasons, probably.

It’s got to be; The ending. The worst thing about Christmas is when it ends. Secret Santa, carol concerts, early closing at work, stockings above the fireplace, happiness and cheer, gone and forgotten for another year.

Not to mention taking down the tree, and the decorations.

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EarthQuaker Devices | Blog | July 2017

EarthQuaker Devices

EarthQuaker Devices ™ “quite possibly the best pedal company in Akron, Ohio, USA” was founded in 2004.

They are owned by Jamie Stillman, with his wife Julie Robbins working alongside as Vice President.

The company name comes from an idea for a fake metal band called ‘EarthQuaker’.

Jamie says, “I handle all the circuits, oversee branding and various other chores”.

“Julie is the master brain behind EQD. She handles all the dealers, artist relations, accounting… pretty much everything at the business end”.

Stillman began building effects pedals for friends whilst playing guitar and drums in bands (punk to psychedelic rock) and working as a graphic designer. He currently plays guitar in a band called Relaxer.

He says EarthQuaker Devices started from a broken pot on a DOD 250 overdrive pedal, because the circuit schematic appealed to his life-long tinkering gene.

“I’m thankful for the faulty pot on that 250! Without it, so many promising roads may have remained un-traveled and so many amazing effects would still be lost in the ether”.

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Monday blues | Blog | January 2017

Monday blues: January 16th, 2017

It came as something of a surprise to hear that the third Monday of January is thought of as the most depressing day of the year;

For most of 2017 so far, I feel there are reasons to be cheerful, and optimistic for the year ahead.

A little research has revealed that in 2005, a Psychologist thought it might be a good idea to create a scientific reason why someone might want to think about booking a summer holiday at this time of year.

This is the formula used to calculate when the day is supposed to arrive: – {[W + (D-d)] x T^Q} ÷ [M x N_a].

This Blue Monday, you can help reduce the stigma associated with depression by talking about it, and by using the day to experience more happiness. please visit the website >>

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Shade of Red | Blog | December 2016

Shade of Red | December 2016 First published: 30 Dec 2016; Last updated: 7th October 2018. “Shade of Red ~ running through my head”. I’m writing this post around the Christmas holiday, so I hope you have enjoyed the festivities, or if you haven’t, you’re probably glad it’s over for another year, and wish for a change of fortune or circumstances in 2017. Shade of Red … Continue reading Shade of Red | Blog | December 2016